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Tickets & Passes

In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, our 5-day Film Festival will shift to a virtual format this fall while also offering safe and socially-distanced Drive-In Movies each evening of the Festival. Presented October 21-25, 2020, our 33rd annual program will continue to feature a diverse slate of features, documentaries, and shorts alongside panels, Q&As, and a series of conversations with leading industry experts and artists. More information on how to purchase Virtual All-Access Passes as well as individual tickets to our Virtual Program and Drive-In Movies can be found below. Our full program will be announced on Tuesday, October 6.

All-Access Pass to Virtual Program

Our 2020 Virtual All-Access Pass offers access to all films and discussions included in our 2020 Virtual Program, which will include over 50 narrative and documentary features, curated short film packages, post-film discussions, and panel conversations.

THE FINE PRINT:

  • A Virtual All-Access Pass will grant you access only to screenings and events included in our on-demand Virtual Program and is NOT valid on tickets to our Drive-In Movies or our Special Presentation events (see below for more information on each).
  • Once a Virtual All-Access Pass is purchased, the pass holder must sign back into their VAFF Eventive account to unlock (or reserve your individual access to) virtual screenings and events before viewing. The unlock window for pass holders begins at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 and ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 25, 2020.
  • A Virtual All-Access Pass does not guarantee access to all films. Please see our geoblocking and other screening restrictions section below.
  • In most cases, once you begin to watch a film, you will have 24 hours to complete the screening.
  • We encourage our pass holders to unlock their selection of virtual screenings as early as possible once the unlock window opens on Wednesday, October 21. 

Passes, unlocks, and tickets are non-transferable; no refunds or exchanges. Events are not rated, and viewer discretion is advised.

For more information on how to access our Virtual Program, how to use an All-Access Passes, technical support, and much more, please visit our Virtual Program FAQ page and our Technical Support page.

Student Pass to Virtual Program

Our Virtual Student Pass offers all the benefits of the Virtual All-Access Pass, at a specially discounted price for all grade school and college students.

Passes, unlocks, and tickets are non-transferable; no refunds or exchanges. Events are not rated, and viewer discretion is advised.

Single Tickets to Virtual Program

Single tickets to the events included in the Virtual Program will be $8.00 each and will go on sale beginning at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 21.

Passes, unlocks, and tickets are non-transferable; no refunds or exchanges. Events are not rated, and viewer discretion is advised.

Drive-In Movies

In addition to our Virtual Program, we will be screening at two pop-up Drive-In Movie locations throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle: at Dairy Market in downtown Charlottesville and at the picturesque Morven Farm in southeastern Albemarle County. Plans are for each venue to host one drive-in screening each night of the Festival.

Tickets to the VAFF’s Drive-In Movies are $25.00 and sold per vehicle. There is a limit of 5 passengers allowed per car. Tickets will go on sale at noon on Thursday, October 8 and are available only online at virginiafilmfestival.org through advance sales. There will be no on-site box office at either venue.

For more information on what to expect at the VAFF’s Drive-In Movies, what safety precautions will be in place, and other frequently asked questions, visit virginiafilmfestival.org/drive-movies-faq.

Passes, unlocks, and tickets are non-transferable; no refunds or exchanges. Events are not rated, and viewer discretion is advised.

Special Presentation Events

We will also offer three virtual Special Presentation Events as part of our 2020 Program. Access to each event will be offered for free, and online registration will begin on Thursday, October 8 at noon.  Our Special Presentation events are as follows:

  • A Conversation with Leslie Odom, Jr. 
  • A Tribute to Thomas Newman 
  • Light House Studio Shorts 

Geoblocking and Screening Restrictions

A portion of the films included in our Virtual Program will have viewing restrictions in place, and you can find a complete list of restricted films and more information on the type of restrictions below.

Geographical Restrictions
Below is a list of films that have restricted access based on the viewer’s geographical location. When geo-restrictions are in place, views will be limited to audiences located either in the Commonwealth of Virginia or within the United States.

The films listed below are only available to viewers in Virginia:
  • Army of Lovers in the Holy Land
  • Coded Bias
  • Gather
  • Jumbo
  • Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story
  • One of These Days
  • Overland
  • PVT Chat
  • The Evening Hour
  • The Outside Story
  • The Passengers
  • The Woman Who Ran
  • They Ain’t Ready for Me
  • Women in Blue 
The films listed below are only available to viewers in the United States and other U.S. occupied lands:
  • Bori
  • Eeb Allay Ooo!
  • Filmfarsi
  • Lucky Chan-Sil
  • Test Pattern
  • The Last Out
  • There is No Evil
  • When My Time Comes

Limited Capacity
Below is a list of films that carry restrictions on the number of unlocks or views.

  • Aggie
  • Army of Lovers in the Holy Land
  • Bori
  • Coded Bias
  • Eeb Allay Ooo!
  • Jumbo
  • Lapsis
  • Light House Studio Shorts
  • Lucky Chan-Sil
  • Monsoon
  • One of These Days
  • PVT Chat
  • Suk Suk (Twilight’s Kiss )
  • Test Pattern
  • The Evening Hour
  • The Last Out
  • The Outside Story
  • The Passenger
  • The Woman Who Ran
  • There is No Evil
  • They Ain’t Ready for Me
  • Women in Blue (Work in Progress Screening)
  • You Will Die at 20

Time-Limited Viewing Windows
Below is a list of films that have a shortened screening window.

  • A Conversation on Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird (Available only on 10/25 from 9:00 AM-11:59 PM)
  • All In: The Fight for Democracy (Available only on 10/25 from 2:00-6:00 PM)
  • Boys State (Available only on 10/24 from 2:00-6:00 PM)
  • The Killing of Two Lovers (Available only on 10/22 & 10/23 from 6:00-10:00 PM)
  • New Order (Available only on 10/23 & 10/24 from 6:00-10:00 PM)
  • Night of the Kings (Available only on 10/24 & 10/25 from 6:00-10:00 PM)

Note on our Digital Platform

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Film Festival is shifting our 2020 program to a virtual model. We are utilizing a platform called Eventive which delivers the best technologies for on-demand and livestream content into one easy to use platform for our patrons while also providing MPAA-certified DRM protection for filmmakers and distributors.

For more information on our platform, what to expect during the Festival, and how easily Eventive will interface with your home viewing experience, please visit our Technical Support page.